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Autumn 2017 Program Highlights
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
HAPPY 90th BIRTHDAY, CBS!
COLUMBIA WORKSHOP (2-29-40) “The Great Microphone Mystery” is “an extraordinary incident in the annals of detection.” Detective Ellery Queen is asked to visit CBS, where strange things are happening. With Burgess Meredith, Bob Trout, Beatrice Kay, Howard Barlow, John Reed King, Norman Corwin, Earle McGill, Mel Allen, Mrs. Bob Trout, Mrs. Linton Wells, Mrs. George Fielding Elliott, Nila Mack, Ted Husing, Frank Gallop. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
STARS IN THE AFTERNOON (9-22-46) At the start of a new season, the Columbia Broadcasting System offers “a 90-minute preview of the biggest show in town,” featuring Dinah Shore; Frank Sinatra; Arthur Q. Bryan; Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore; Patrice Munsel; Jack Smith; Hoagy Carmichael; House Jameson as The Crime Doctor; Howard Duff as Sam Spade; Staats Cotsworth as Casey, Crime Photographer; Vaughn Monroe; Ann Sothern; Peter Lind Hayes; William Keighley and Virginia Bruce; Bob Hawk and the casts of Blondie, The Thin Man, Inner Sanctum and It Pays to Be Ignorant. Bob Lemond announces. CBS. (33 min & 29 min & 28 min)
FAREWELL TO STUDIO NINE (8-16-64) Robert Trout hosts a CBS News special as the network prepares to leave its original studios on Madison Avenue. Featuring clips and recollections from Edward R. Murrow, H.V. Kaltenborn, Eric Severeid, George Hicks, Elmer Davis, William L. Shirer, John Daly, Charles Collingwood, Dallas Townsend, Winston Burdette, Alan Jackson. CBS. (28 min and 27 min)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
BIG TOWN (9-23-42) Edward G. Robinson stars as Steve Wilson, editor of The Illustrated Press, with Ona Munson as Lorelei Kilborn. Steve and Lorelei are in War-torn Europe when their plane is hijacked by Nazis. Rinso, CBS. (30 min)
CHESTERFIELD MOONLIGHT SERENADE (9-24-42) From the stage of the Central Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey, with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. It’s Glenn’s last radio appearance before entering the service, with vocals by Skip Nelson, Marion Hutton, Tex Beneke and the Modernaires. Larry Bruff announces. Chesterfield, CBS. (13 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (11-23-36) “The Story of Louis Pasteur” starring Paul Muni, with Fritz Leiber, Crawford Kent and Barbara Luddy. Muni re-creates his Oscar-winning role as the French biologist whose pioneering efforts revolutionized the treatment of disease. Lux Soap, CBS. (15 min & 23 min & 21 min) Read the article about Paul Muni in the Summer 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
BEN BERNIE’S WAR WORKERS PROGRAM (9-28-42) It’s The Ol’ Maestro with Cesar Petrillo and His Orchestra, the King’s Jesters and singer Gail Robbins. Ben sings “This Is the Army, Mr. Jones” and Gail sings “He’s My Guy.” Wrigley’s Gum, CBS. (14 min)
ADVENTURES OF PHILIP MARLOWE (11-26-49) “The Birds on the Wing” starring Gerald Mohr as Marlowe, whose pursuit of a wealthy thrill-seeker leads him to a carnival aerial act... and murder. Cast: Lois Corbett, Rita Lynn, Don Randolph, Junius Matthews, Jack Moyles, Jimmy Eagles. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (6-16-49) With Bill Goodwin, announcer Tobe Reed, Harry Lubin and the Orchestra, Mary Lee Robb, Richard Crenna and guest Rudy Vallee. Gracie believes her teenaged house guest is in love with Rudy. Maxwell House Coffee, NBC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME!
CHICAGO WHITE SOX BASEBALL (3-20-61) Excerpt. From the White Sox baseball camp in Sarasota, Florida, Jack Brickhouse talks with the White Sox players and staff, including Nelson Fox, manager Al Lopez and pitcher Early Wynn. WGN. (13 min)
WORLD SERIES PREVIEW (9-23-41) A preview of the upcoming World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees, hosted by George Hogan, with Frank Dunn, Dave Driscoll and play-by-play from Bob Elson and Red Barber. WOR/MBS. (14 min)
FRED ALLEN SHOW (4-14-46) With Portland Hoffa, Kenny Delmar, Parker Fennelley, Minerva Pious, Alan Reed. Guest is Leo Durocher, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who stars in a baseball operetta, The Brooklyn Pinafore. United Network. (25 min)
THE SAINT (9-3-50) “The Baseball Murder” starring Vincent Price as Simon Templar, who investigates when a veteran player fears gamblers are pressuring his son to throw a game. Cast includes Lawrence Dobkin, Jack Moyles, Hal March, Gloria Blondell. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
CLAUDIA (8-24-48) An isolated episode of the series, with Kathryn Bard as Claudia, Paul Crabtree as David. When David discovers he has an extra ticket to a baseball game, he reluctantly invites Claudia to join him. Coca-Cola, Syndicated. (14 min)
DESTINATION FREEDOM (5-15-49) “The Ballad of Satchel Paige” tells the story of the legendary African-American pitcher who helped lead the Cleveland Indians to the 1948 World Championship. With Harris Gaines as Paige, Oscar Brown Jr. as the Balladeer. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW (4-17-47) With Marilyn Maxwell, Skinnay Ennis and his Orchestra, Elvia Allman, John Brown. Costello receives a telegram asking him to join the New York Yankees while Joe DiMaggio is injured. Camel Cigarettes, NBC. (26 min) Read the article about Abbott and Costello in the Summer 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7
HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN OPENING (10-3-42) A special broadcast celebrating the opening of this new canteen for servicemen, with announcer Larry Keating, Canteen president Bette Davis, Eddie Cantor, Ginny Simms, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Dinah Shore, Kay Kyser, Betty Hutton, Rudy Vallee and the Coast Guard Band, who play a medley of miliary themes. NBC. (29 min)
DON WINSLOW OF THE NAVY (10-7-42) An isolated episode of the series, with Raymond Edward Johnson as Don, John Gibson as Red Pennington. After a victorious fight with an enemy submarine, Don investigates the wreckage and makes an important discovery. Post Toasties, NBC BLUE. (13 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-16-48) “The Jolson Story,” starring Al Jolson as himself in a radio version of the 1946 film about his early career and successes. With Evelyn Keyes, William Demarest, Ludwig Donath. William Keighley hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (19 min & 16 min & 24 min) Read the article about Al Jolson in the Autumn 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SPEAKING OF RADIO (6-4-16) Steve Darnall’s telephone conversation with actor David Whitehouse, speaking from his home in Massachusetts, as he recalls his career in Chicago radio. Recorded by Kathy Dunaj at Sound Video Impressions in Des Plaines, IL. (26 min)
VIC AND SADE (3-20-44) Art Van Harvey as Vic, Bernardine Flynn as Sade, David Whitehouse as Russell, Clarence Hartzell as Uncle Fletcher. Sade is concerned when she sees three figures in the alley. NBC. (10 min)
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (10-12-42) On Columbus Day, the president reports on the home front following a cross-country trip. CBS/ ALL NETWORKS. (31 min)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14
SUSPENSE (10-25-55) “To None a Deadly Drug” starring Harry Bartell, with Charlotte Lawrence and Eve McVey. A pharmacist must race against time when a customer receives a potentially fatal prescription by mistake. Cast: Virginia Eiler, Sammy Ogg, Hy Averback, Jack Kruschen, John Stephenson. Larry Thor announces. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (10-13-42) The first radio broadcast from the new Hollywood Canteen, with Frances Langford, Jerry Colonna, Vera Vague, Skinnay Ennis and the Orchestra, announcer Wendell Niles and guest Bette Davis, who talks about how the Canteen was started and plays a female gas station attendant in a sketch. Pepsodent, NBC. (30 min)
NIGHTBEAT (7-31-52) “Flight From Fear” starring Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, night beat reporter for the Chicago Star, who investigates when the paper’s sports editor finds an item has been removed from his column. Pabst, NBC. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-18-42) From Williams Field near Chandler, Arizona, with Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson, Frank Nelson. In a flashback, Jack recalls donating his Maxwell to the scrap drive. Grape-Nuts, NBC. (30 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (8-20-45) “Laura” starring Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney and Clifton Webb, re-creating their screen roles in a radio version of Otto Preminger’s 1944 film, about a detective who becomes obsessed with a portrait of a murdered woman. Lady Esther, CBS. (30 min) Read the article about Otto Preminger in the Autumn 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21
DOWN OUR WAY (1940s) Eli Jenkins and the other members of the choir agree to help when Patience wants to start a shelter for stray animals. Syndicated. (27 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (4-3-17) Steve Darnall’s telephone conversation with Tippi Hedren, who speaks from her home in California about her new memoir and looks back on her career in movies and television. Recorded by Kathy Dunaj at Sound Video Impressions in Des Plaines, IL. (28 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Autumn 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
ALDRICH FAMILY (12-14-52) Bobby Ellis stars as Henry, with Jack Grimes as Homer, House Jamison and Katharine Raht as Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich. When Henry and Homer open a refreshment stand, Henry discovers a new way to make money. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
ACADEMY AWARD (9-11-46) “Shadow of a Doubt” starring Joseph Cotten with June Vincent in a radio version of the 1943 film, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. A young woman begins to suspect that her uncle isn’t the man he seems to be. Squibb, CBS. (30 min)
CHASE AND SANBORN PROGRAM (5-16-37) Don Ameche is master of ceremonies, with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, W.C. Fields, Dorothy Lamour, Werner Janssen and the Orchestra and guests Carole Lombard and tenor Joseph Bentonelli. Edgar makes plans for his upcoming yacht party; Ameche joins Lombard in a scene from her film Twentieth Century. Chase and Sanborn, NBC. (27 min and 32 min) Read the article about W.C. Fields and other comedians of the era in the Autumn 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
ANNUAL HALLOWE’EN SHOW
MURDER AT MIDNIGHT (8-10-46) “Terror Out of Space” starring George Petrie and Peter Capell. A military scientist attempts to establish contact with the moon and makes a remarkable discovery. Produced by Anton M. Leader. Syndicated. (25 min)
OLD GOLD COMEDY THEATRE (4-8-45) “A Slight Case of Murder” starring Edward G. Robinson and Allan Jenkins in a radio version of their 1938 film, about a bootlegger who attempts to go legit after the end of Prohibition, but first must dispose of four corpses in his house. Harold Lloyd hosts. Old Gold Cigarettes, NBC. (29 min) Read the article about Harold Lloyd and other silent film comedians in the Autumn 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SHERLOCK HOLMES (9-17-45) “The Out-of-Date Murder” starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. On a trip to Easthorne, Holmes and Watson discover the mummified remains of a man dressed in 18th-century clothing. Petri Wines, MBS. (30 min)
QUIET PLEASE (11-3-47) “Take Me Out to the Graveyard” starring Ernest Chappell as a taxi driver whose fare wants a one-way trip to the graveyard. Cast: Don Briggs, Evelyn Juster, Ed Latimer. Written and directed by Wyllis Cooper. Sustaining, MBS. (24 min)
KOMEDY KINGDOM (1937) “Ghosts” is the topic of this show, as “Queen of Mirth” Elvia Allman welcomes comedians Harry Lash and Gus Van and singer Loretta Lee. Syndicated. (14 min)
INNER SANCTUM (9-12-49) “The Vengeful Corpse” starring Barbara Weeks, Karl Swenson. The spirit of a witch inhabits a young woman and seeks revenge on the descendants of those who burned her at the stake. Paul McGrath is host, announcer is Dwight Weist. Bromo Seltzer, CBS. (30 min) Read the article about Inner Sanctum Mysteries in the Autumn 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4
A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
Elliott Lewis was born on November 28, 1917. Read the article about Elliott Lewis in the Autumn 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
CBS RADIO WORKSHOP (5-5-57) “Nightmare” written, directed by and starring Elliott Lewis in an experimental drama about the subconscious mind of a man in a coma. Cast: Mary Jane Croft, Edgar Barrier, Paula Winslowe, Herb Butterfield, Barney Phillips. Sustaining, CBS. (25 min)
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (2-6-49) With Elliott Lewis as Frankie Remley, Robert North as Willie, Walter Tetley as Julius, Gale Gordon as Mr. Scott. The sponsor has insisted that Phil improve his band, which means firing Frankie. Alice sings “Sheltering Palms”; Phil sings “The Jabberwocky Bird.” Rexall, NBC. (30 min)
VOYAGE OF THE SCARLET QUEEN (10-23-47) “Grafter’s Fort and the Black Pearl of Galehla Bay,” starring Elliott Lewis as Capt. Philip Carney, with Ed Max as Gallagher. The discovery of a wrecked ship embroils Carney in a search for the mysterious “Black Pearl.” Cast includes Jack Kruschen, Rolfe Sedan, VIrginia Gregg. AFRS rebroadcast. (29 min)
ON STAGE (9-30-53) “Loving,” starring Cathy and Elliott Lewis in a trilogy of short plays that examine three different types of love. With William Conrad, Clayton Post, Byron Kane, Barney Phillips. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
HALLS OF IVY (1-3-51) Ronald and Benita Colman star as William Todhunter Hall, president of Ivy College, and his wife Victoria. A fellow Professor asks Dr. Hall to critique his play. Cast includes Elliott Lewis, Norman Field. Schlitz, NBC. (29 min)
SUSPENSE (6-9-52) “Concerto For Killer and Eyewitnesses” starring Elliott Lewis in the story of a convicted murderer and his efforts to destroy the man who committed him to prison. Cast: William Conrad, Martha Wentworth, Junius Matthews, Sidney Miller, Gil Stratton Jr., Charlotte Lawrence, Jay Novello, Byron Kane, Jack Kruschen. Harlow Wilcox announces. Auto-Lite, CBS. (30 min)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11
MORE FROM THE WAR
ARMISTICE DAY CEREMONY (11-11-42) From Arlington National Cemetary, where the nation pauses for one minute of silence and President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers an Armistice Day address. Lucy Monroe sings “My Buddy.” CBS/ALL NETWORKS. (31 min)
CBS WORLD NEWS SPECIAL (11-11-42) Eleanor Roosevelt speaks via shortwave at the opening of a new club for American Merchant Seamen in Glasgow, Scotland. Correspondent Robert Trout interviews the First Lady. CBS. (15 min)
WORLD NEWS TODAY (11-15-42) John Daly serves as anchorman, with Maj. George Fielding Elliott, and correspondents from around the world reporting via short wave radio: Charles Collingwood from Algiers, Robert Trout from London, Webley Edwards from Honolulu, Lee White in Washington DC. Admiral Radios, CBS. (24 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-15-42) Broadcasting from the Naval Air Station, Terminal Island, California, with Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson and guest Dorothy Lamour, who talks about her new Road picture. In a sketch, Jack plays a house-husband while Mary is a welder. Grape-Nuts, NBC. (29 min)
HELLO AMERICANS (11-22-42) Orson Welles hosts this special wartime series, designed to educate listeners about the history and people of South America. This broadcast dramatizes the various tyrants and liberators of South America: Francisco Pizarro, Simon Bolivar and Jose de San Martin. Cast: Agnes Moorehead, Elliott Reid, Gerald Mohr, Ray Collins, Barbara Jean Wong, Hans Conried, Pedro de Cordoba, Edmond O’Brien. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
SPECIAL MILEAGE RATIONING PROGRAM (12-1-42) A special program featuring Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Dinah Shore, announcer Bill Goodwin, Paul Whiteman and the Orchestra. Eddie and Jack try to explain mileage rationing to Gracie. Dinah sings “White Christmas.” Office of War Information, NBC. (14 min)
TROMAN HARPER, RUMOR DETECTIVE (12-20-42) A wartime program offering “the truth about rumors,” including what soldiers eat and where USO money goes. Joe Ripley announces. Bromo Quinine, MBS. (15 min)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18
ANNUAL THANKSGIVING SHOW
READERS’ DIGEST RADIO EDITION (3-6-47) “Pete’s Thanksgiving” starring Otto Kruger in the story of a Greek immigrant who hopes to open a restaurant on Thanksgiving Day. Richard Kollmar hosts; announcer is Tom Shirley. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 1 of the celebrated holiday adventure. Judy and Jimmy Barton discover that the silver star for the top of the Christmas tree is missing. While searching for the ornament in their attic, they meet Paddy O’Cinnamon. (13 min) This year, 2017, marks the 80th anniversary of the debut of The Cinnamon Bear.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 2. Jimmy and Judy de-grow and take a glass airplane to Maybe Land in pursuit of the silver star. (13 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (11-22-42) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lurene Tuttle as Marjorie, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker, Shirley Mitchell as Leila Ransom, Dick LeGrand as Mr. Peavey. Gildy invites Judge Hooker to the house for Thanksgiving dinner. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
THANKSGIVING DAY SERVICE (11-26-42) A service of song and prayer from the White House, where President Franklin D. Roosevelt reads his 1942 Thanksgiving proclamation. CBS/ALL NETWORKS. (31 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 3. The airplane lands in the Looking Glass Valley. (13 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 4. Captured by the Inkaboos. (13 min)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (11-25-48) Al Jolson stars in a Thanksgiving Day broadcast, with Oscar Levant, announcer Ken Carpenter, Lou Bring and the Orchestra and guest Victor Mature, who talks with Al about performing on a television special. Al sings “She’s Got Naughty Eyes,” “Lazy” and others. Kraft, NBC. (29 min) Read the article about Al Jolson in the Autumn 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25
RADIO TO GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT BY
DUFFY’S TAVERN (12-18-46) Ed Gardner stars as Archie, the Manager, with with Eddie Green, Charles Cantor as Clifton Finnegan, Sandra Gould as Miss Duffy and guest Joan Bennett. Archie is holding a raffle to benefit needy families at Christmas and convinces Joan to donate a kiss as the grand prize. Bristol-Myers, NBC. (29 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 5. The Crazy Quilt Dragon to the rescue! (13 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 6. Our heroes meet Wesley the Wailing Whale and Samuel the Seal. (13 min)
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (12-24-49) Charles Russell stars as the man with the action-packed expense account, who is asked to investigate a swindler targeting New York department stores at Christmas time. Cast: Jay Novello, Georgia Ellis, Marlene Ames, Parley Baer, Paul Dubov, Connie Croder. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 7. Mr. Presto, the magician. (13 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 8. Riding with Captain Taffy and the Candy Pirates. (13 min)
NATIONAL BARN DANCE (12-5-42) Joe Kelly is master of ceremonies, with The Hoosier Hot Shots, Lulu Belle and Scotty, the Dinning Sisters, Arkie the Arkansas Woodchopper and guests Eddie Peabody and Tom, Dick and Harry. It’s one year after Pearl Harbor and Joe explains this show will be heard by troops stationed overseas. Alka-Seltzer, NBC. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 9. The Roly Poly Policeman. (13 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 10. Professor Whiz the Owl and Fraidy Cat the kitten. (13 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
RADIO TO PLAN YOUR LIST BY
THE SHADOW (12-22-40) “Joey’s Christmas Story” starring William Johnstone as Lamont Cranston and Marjorie Anderson as the lovely Margot Lane. The Shadow has a chat with “Santa Claus” to help a down and out family at Christmas time. Blue Coal. MBS. (28 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 11. Fee Fo, the Friendly Giant. (13 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 12. Paddy O’Cinnamon meets the Rhyming Rabbit and gets stung by a bumblebee. (13 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE (12-24-42) An all-star Christmas celebration for the Armed Forces, with Bob Hope, The Andrews Sisters, Red Skelton, Harriet Hilliard, Spike Jones, Ginny Simms, Bing Crosby, Ethel Waters, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Charles Laughton, Kay Kyser, Dinah Shore, and Jack Benny and Fred Allen. AFRS. (31 min and 28 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 13. Judy, Jimmy, Paddy O’Cinnamon and the Crazy Quilt Dragon go through the picture frame and encounter the Wintergreen Witch. (13 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 14. An audience with Queen Melissa of Maybe Land. (13 min)
GUNSMOKE (12-23-56) “Beeker’s Barn” starring William Conrad as Matt Dillon, with Parley Baer as Chester Proudfoot, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, Howard McNear as Doc Adams. On Christmas Eve in Dodge City, Matt is asked to help when a couple is staying — uninvited— in a ranch owner’s barn. L & M Cigarettes, CBS. (24 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9
RADIO TO ADDRESS CARDS BY
LIVING 1948 (12-12-48) “The Greatest Christmas Present” narrated by Ben Grauer. The story of an immigrant family who come to America for their birth of their child. Cast includes Stefan Schnabel. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 15. While trying to read a special message, our heroes encounter Snapper Snick, the Crocodile. (13 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 16. Oliver the Ostrich. (13 min)
HENRY MORGAN SHOW (12-25-46) It’s “Radio’s Bad Boy” with a story about children who go to Washington in the hope of passing a law that will make every day Christmas. With Bernie Green and the Orchestra. Eversharp, ABC. (24 min)
21st PRECINCT (12-22-54) “The Giver” stars Everett Sloane as Capt. Kenelley, with Ken Lynch as Lt. King and Harold Stone as Sgt. Waters. A woman files a complaint as the station prepares to welcome the neighborhood children to its annual Christmas party. AFRTS rebroadcast. (28 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 17. The mud-slinging Muddlers. (13 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 18. Slim Pickens and the Cockleburr Cowboys. (13 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-15-42) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Isabel Randolph, Bill Thompson, the King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra, announcer Harlow Wilcox. Fibber tries to remember where he hid his Christmas shopping money. The King’s Men sing “White Christmas.” Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16
RADIO TO WRAP, BAKE AND DECORATE BY
WORLD NEWS TODAY (12-20-42) With John Daly in New York, and CBS correspondents from around the world, including Charles Collingwood in Algiers, Bob Trout in London, Winston Burdette in Cairo, Chester Morrison, Lee White, Maj. George Fielding Elliott. “Hitler frantically tries to hold on to prepare the defenses against an Allied invasion of South Europe.” Admiral Radios, CBS. (25 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 19. Our heroes go to the Golden Grove and the Wintergreen Witch returns. (13 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-20-42) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Shirley Mitchell as Leila Ransom, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker, Dick LeGrand as Mr. Peavey. Gildy’s been busy with the Water Department’s annual report and Leila feels neglected. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 20. Queen Melissa’s Grand Wunky takes the Wintergreen Witch into exile in Looking Glass Valley. (13 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 21. In the Land of Ice and Snow. (13 min)
TEXACO STAR THEATRE (12-20-42) Fred Allen stars, with Portland Hoffa, John Brown, Minerva Pious, Charles Cantor, Alan Reed, and singer RIse Stevens, who performs “Ave Maria.” The cast presents its annual Christmas play, “Santa Claus Refuses to Mediate.” Texaco, CBS. (29 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 22. Meeting Jack Frost. (13 min)
CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (12-21-42) “A Child Is Born” starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontaine in an original Nativity play written by Stephen Vincent Benet, presented “at Christmas time, during this bitter year of war.” Clayton Collyer announces. DuPont, NBC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-22-42) Jim and Marian Jordan as the McGees, with Isabel Randolph as Mrs. Uppington, the King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra, announcer Harlow Wilcox. For the first time, Teeney and the King’s Men come by the McGee house to sing “The Night Before Christmas.” Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 23. Paddy O’Cinnamon gets stuck in a pile of Christmas stickers. (13 min)
MAYOR OF THE TOWN (12-25-44) Lionel Barrymore stars in the show’s annual presentation of “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens’ classic story about a miser who learns the true meaning of Christmas. Narrated by Frank Martin; introduced by Herbert Marshall. AFRS rebroadcast (as The Globe Theater). (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 24. Judy, Jimmy and Paddy O’Cinnamon attend the Christmas Tree Parade. (13 min)
SOLDIERS WITH WINGS (12-26-42) A broadcast from the Army Air Force West Coast Training Center, Santa Ana, CA, featuring the AAF Orchestra, conducted by Major Eddie Dunsteader, with announcers Melville Ruick and Sgt. Hal Gibney and guest Bing Crosby, who sings “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas” and “The Air Corps Song.” Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 25. Captain Tin Top has returned the Silver Star, only for the Crazy Quilt dragon to steal it! (13 min)
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (12-23-48) “The Story of Silent Night” tells the story about the creation of one of the world’s best-known carols. Author James Hilton hosts. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (29 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 26. The final chapter of the adventure. Will Judy and Jimmy finally get the Silver Star back for their Christmas tree? (13 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
RED SKELTON SHOW (12-31-46) With Verna Felton, Pat McGeehan, Gigi Pearson, Anita Ellis, David Forrester and the Orchestra, announcer Rod O’Connor. Red offers New Year’s greetings and goes over his resolutions; The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire examines “Old Man Winter.” Anita sings “For Sentimental Reasons.” Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC. (29 min)
WORLD NEWS TODAY (12-27-42) With John Daly in New York, with correspondents reporting from around the world via short wave radio: Robert Trout, Charles Collingwood, Chester Morrison, Webley Edwards, Herbert Clark and Lee White. “On the last Sunday of 1942... all three Axis partners are plainly showing their uneasiness about the future.” Admiral Radios, CBS. (25 min)
OUR MISS BROOKS (1-2-49) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, with Gale Gordon as Osgood Conklin, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Jane Morgan as Mrs. Davis, Gloria McMillan as Harriet Conklin, Gerald Mohr as Jacques Monet, who invites Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton to a New Year’s Eve party. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
CHAMPAGNE MUSIC OF LAWRENCE WELK (12-31-70 and 1-1-71) A remote from the Hollywood Palladium, with singers Dick Dale and Bob Lido, Myron Floren, announcer Ralph Porter. Songs include “Auld Lang Syne,” “One Cup of Happiness,” “Mame” and others. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
WILD BILL HICKOK (12-31-51) “The Dead of Winter” starring Guy Madison as Wild Bill, with Andy Devine as Jingles B. Jones. Bill and Jingles plan to attend the big New Year’s Eve celebration at Thompson’s Corners. With Mary Lansing, Clayton Post, Ken Christie, Frank Gerstle, Jack Moyles. Charlie Lyon announces. Kellogg’s Sugar Corn Pops, MBS. (26 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-27-42) From the Vanderbilt Theatre in New York City, with Mary Livingstone, Don Wilson, Dennis Day, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, guest conductor Benny Goodman and guest Fred Allen, who joins Jack and the gang for their annual New Year’s production, “The New Tenant.” The Goodman Sextet plays “Lady Be Good.” Grape Nuts, NBC. (29 min)
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